Loot boxes have swept gaming, and not for a good reason. Shortly after Star Wars Battlefront 2’s loot box system came to light during the game’s open beta, gamers openly criticized loot boxes as an excuse to squeeze money from players via microtransactions. But one game is forgoing the system altogether. Warhammer: Vermintide 2 won’t use purchasable loot boxes.
For the unfamiliar, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 was announced earlier this week. Set inside the Warhammer universe during an apocalyptic crisis, the game casts players in a co-op action world, beating off enemies using swords, guns, and more in order to survive incoming enemy hordes.
In the original Vermintide, players rolled for loot after finishing a campaign. And developer Fatshark promises the sequel’s loot system won’t require real-world cash, either.
“We will NOT be selling loot boxes, or selling keys to unlock loot boxes,” Fatshark_Hedge, a community manager for the studio, wrote on Reddit. “Loot comes from gameplay, not your wallet.”
On Vermintide 2’s Steam page, Fatshark explains the second game’s loot system in more detail. After each mission, players are “rewarded with relevant loot,” such as weapons, quests, hats, and crafting resources, based on their hero’s career choice. All these loot options will be available with the game without purchasing them, so once loot is earned, it’s in players’ pockets for free.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 launches Q1 2018. In the time being, the original game, Warhammer: End Times Vermintide, is free to play on Steam for the next week.